If the people in the Middle East are only the tribe of Judah, how does a person tell the two groups apart?
Everyone has heard the saying, “He looks just like his father” at one time or another, but judging by looks no longer works when a family of people has been “sifter through all nations” as the two nations of Israel have been. Genetic testing has established that the men of the people have married local women wherever they have settled. The “black Jews”, the Falasha pretty much prove that point. Northern Israel was no different, yet the prophecy says, “Not one person will be lost…”
God put a mark on Cain so that he would not be murdered. It is not a stretch of the imagination to consider that he also put a mark on the tribes of Israel so that they could be recognized in the end times in order to be gathered. The first marker he put on them was religion. Both peoples were very fond of, and stubbornly devoted to, their religion, even though it was one that was not appointed to them. That religion is intimately tied to a specific calendar. That calendar is intricately tied into what are referred to commonly as “holy days”, days set aside as religious festivals. These three, the religion, the calendar, and the festivals, are the markers that identify the dispersed members of the tribes of Israel.
In the case of Judah, their religion is well-known the world over. It includes a set of dietary laws, the wearing of special apparel on certain occasions (holy days), and a moon-based calendar that determines their religious festivals, many of which require a temple in Jerusalem to be kept properly, prompting an individual attachment to that city that is unique in the entire world. If they are able to veil those items sufficiently, then the secondary affinities are an inordinate devotion to education resulting from their being given the inheritance of the books that Noah brought through the flood as care-takers, their attention to minutae in their documentation of their history resulting from the intense emphasis Abraham put on literacy giving them the appellation, “people of the book”. “Jew” is the name of a race of people, not a religion, which many of them do not practice, nor pay any attention to in their daily lives.
The other side of that situation is northern Israel, where the people have been sifted through so many nations on earth that they have lost the memory of who they are. The people among whom they reside, however, have not lost the knowledge of their own identity, and the shouts of, “Get out. You are not one of us,” is becoming louder and louder as time goes on, while the people to whom it is directed have no hint of why they are saying such things.
For those on both sides of that debate, here are the markers of Northern Israel.
They are overwhelmingly Christian, or have a local religion with Christian values and celebrations as part of their beliefs and observances. They are fishermen, farmers and/or herdsmen rather than hunters and gatherers. They have a knowledge of astronomy and the movements of the heavens and track the seasons by the stars. They either have a form of writing and/or counting, or they have a system of “story-telling seasons” in which their knowledge and history are passed on to the next generation. They are artisans and/or merchants/traders. The fur traders of early North America are prime examples of this combination of traits. This goes back to their assimilation with the Phoenicians of the Mediterranean Sea who were originally herdsmen and soldiers under Abraham and are their relatives from Syria, whose ships carried them to the remotest parts of the world before the Assyrian army ever got to their land in the Middle East. You will find them in every port city, river dock, or dried-up river bed in the world. “Every nation” was no under-statement. The Makah tribe of Native Americans living on the coast of Washington State in the United States are a prime example of this. Their whaling canoes are exact replicas of the Phoenician trading ships that sailed the seas 3,500 years ago, when the tribal traditions say they first arrived at that location. Their canoes even have the horse head on the prow, though there were never horses in that part of America until white settlers brought them there. There are two tell-tale physical features that sometimes show up in the people. The most easily identified as a forehead that is either clearly vertical (rather than slanted back from the eyebrows) or occasionally protruding as part of a measure longer than the area from the center of the eyebrows to the base of the nose and longer than the distance from the base of the nose to the bottom of the chin. This extra large forehead is usually found on the priests (Levites) who were living in that area and remained with the people when they migrated, so can be found among every one of the 10 tribes. They frequently also have light colored skin, hair and eyes. The tribe of Levi had blond hair and blue eyes, whereas the other tribes were nut-brown overall.
Is every blond hair, blue eyed person a Levite? No, but if the other criteria match, the answer is, probably.